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Ingenious, chilling and darkly comic, 1985 is a terrifying vision of the future by the 'great postmodern storehouse of British writing', Anthony Burgess

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Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) was a novelist, poet, playwright, composer, linguist, translator and critic. He is best known for his novel A Clockwork Orange, but altogether he wrote thirty-three novels, twenty-five works of non-fiction, two volumes of autobiography, three symphonies, more than 150 other musical works, reams of journalism and much more. He was born in Manchester, England and grew up in Harpurhey and Moss Side, went to school in Rusholme, and studied at Manchester University. He lived in Malaya, Malta, Monaco, Italy and the US amongst other places, and is still widely read all over the world.


An exciting, bleakly fascinating story told with enormous erudition and wit. Its indignation is blazingly imaginative, furiously vital and gives us hope * Financial Times *
The unclassifiable Mr Burgess has once more broken new ground -- Kingsley Amis * Observer *
There is too much which is truly excellent for anyone to ignore it -- Auberon Waugh * Evening Standard *
Burgess is the great postmodern storehouse of British writing - an important experimentalist; an encyclopaedic amasser, but also a maker of form; a playful comic, with a dark gloom -- Malcolm Bradbury
One of the cleverest and most original writers of his generation * The Times *
Wonderful ... I don't agree with everything Burgess writes, but the way he writes it is spectacular. It's hard to make profound ideas read so easily; Burgess does, with such artfulness that you almost forget how profound it is. It's a masterclass in everything from history and sociology to pop culture and sexuality, and breezes by like a cheery pop song. Burgess was also famed as a raconteur, and that might be the closest approximation of delight you feel reading him: you're in company with a brilliant mind who makes everything entertaining and comprehensible. * Irish Independent *

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